Stories of impact

Analytics for a Better World: Our Strategy for 2024 and Beyond
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When reflecting on our impact, we came to the conclusion that we've seen and proved the (potential) impact of our mission since our launch in 2022. The past two years we've worked hard to confirm the feasibility of our goals, as we have seen the significant impact when we collaborate to empower nonprofits (like The Ocean Cleanup, or 510 Red Cross) with analytics to accelerate their mission and jointly contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As we look to the future, securing additional funding becomes imperative to keep delivering on our mission and scale the impact will have.
Enhancing Data Storytelling at Oxfam Novib
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Oxfam Novib, a key player in the global fight against inequality, recently embarked on an innovative journey to harness the power of data storytelling. A Storytelling with Data Workshop was conducted by  the Analytics for a Better World Institute, for the wider group of data, MEAL (Monitoriting, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning), and research colleagues at Oxfam Novib.
ABW 2023 Fellowship: The Project Dashboard
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This year edition of the Analytics for a Better World Data Practitioners Fellowship Program saw more than 103 fellows learning about analytics implementation, and being equipped with the right tools and techniques to implement data-driven solutions in their organizations.
Analytics for a Better World: 2023 Year in Pictures!
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In 2022, Analytics for a Better World was born from a vision to use analytics as a force for a better world. Founded by the University of Amsterdam and ORTEC, our nonprofit’s mission is clear—to empower nonprofit organizations with analytics, accelerating their impact and contributing to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As we reflect on the past year, we find ourselves in a moment of pride and gratitude, surrounded by a dedicated team and supported by partners who share our commitment to creating a better world.
Where to Build Those Hospitals? PISA Knows.
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Analytics for a Better World Courses at the University of Amsterdam
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On Monday, September 11th, two Analytics for a Better World courses officially started at the University of Amsterdam, as part of the Economics and Business Bachelor and Master programs. Throughout 8-weeks, 250 students from the University of Amsterdam learned about the relevance of analytics and its implementation for the improvement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Mathematics to Protect Wildlife and Biodiversity | Force For Nature
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For this edition from ORTEC's ‘Jointly for Social Impact’ series, we sat down with our partner Force For Nature, to hear from them how the development and implementation of an app for rangers helps to protect our planet.
Advanced technologies to rid the oceans of plastic | The Ocean Cleanup
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Every year, millions of tons of plastic enter the oceans. This pervasive pollution poses significant global environmental, economic, and health challenges. The economic damage amounts to an estimated 13 to 14 billion dollars a year. If no action is taken, plastic will increasingly impact our ecosystems, health, and economies. “It’s The Ocean Cleanup’s mission to eliminate 90% of plastics floating in the oceans by 2040,” says Arjen Tjallema, Head of Technology at The Ocean Cleanup. To reach their goal by 2040, The Ocean Cleanup focuses on two key areas: cleaning up legacy pollution and preventing future inflow.
Data to the rescue: improving humanitarian aid | 510 – an initiative of the Netherlands Red Cross
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Data for Creating Lasting Health Change in Africa
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We sat down with Amref Health Africa, a leading health organization in Africa, to hear from them how data contributes to their mission to create lasting health change in Africa.
ABW 2023 Conference: Closing the Skills Gap by Educating Data Science Practitioners at Nonprofits
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Panel 2B, chaired by Parvathy Krishnan (CTO of ABW), centered around the impact, challenges, and success stories of the ABW Academy’s Data Science Fellowship program. This program aims to empower participants as data science practitioners within nonprofit organizations. Trainers, mentors, and program alumni contributed their valuable insights.
ABW 2023 Conference: “From Science To Impact”: Creating Impact at Nonprofits with Analytics Research
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Panel 2A, chaired by Dick den Hertog (Science to Impact Director of ABW), focused on the role of analytics researchers in creating impact within the nonprofit sector. The panel aimed to address the challenges researchers face in translating their work into practical applications and fostering meaningful change.
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